| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:17 PM
In the days of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish cooking was considered to be among the great cuisines of the world. These days, it is likely to appear on menus featuring Mediterranean food, a mixture of Middle Eastern and Italian.
GG's Bistro in the...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 4:51 PM
Looking to treat Dad this weekend? Here are some venues in Huntington Beach offering Father's Day specials:
Say it with song
Pianist Vern Nelson performs a Father's Day concert at the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., with an...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:53 AM
A perfect night out in Irvine for the Markowitzes includes a nice meal, an art film and a shopping spree at Trader Joe's. What's even nicer is that you can do it all within walking distance of your car.
We begin by buying movie tickets at one of the few...
| May 29, 2013
| 10:38 AM
Over the years, I have found that the best dining in Huntington Beach is often in strip malls away from the center of town: small, chef-owned, ethnic places that have great food at modest prices. However, when I was searching for a place to review there,...
| May 21, 2013
| 1:48 PM
For the past 19 years, Thai Bros. has been serving locals and tourists mostly traditional Thai cuisine, save the occasional exception like fried wontons with cream cheese and avocado.
This little storefront restaurant is a pleasant and unpretentious...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 5:22 PM
There are several new eateries in the ever-evolving entertainment center that is the Irvine Spectrum. One of the hippest is Cucina Enoteca, just across the courtyard from the Cineplex.
As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you see is the...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 1:14 PM
Saturday afternoon, I sat in a cramped, paper-laden office inside Don the Beachcomber — the kind of setting that evokes thoughts of long hours and minute detail — and listened to a man on a computer screen talk about leaving reality behind:...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 2:05 PM
Bienvenidos a Carmelita's, Laguna's newest Mexican restaurant.
It replaces the long-gone Vietnamese Cajun restaurant on Broadway with a spiffy new renovation. With its tasteful tile and stonework accents, the remodeled interior might be called modern...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 11:36 AM
Looking for a fantastic dinner experience at a family owned neighborhood bistro?
Champagnes Bistro & Deli in Newport Beach is celebrating 23 years in business, and it just debuted an expanded dinner menu that starts after 4:30 p.m. with bistro...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 2:28 PM
It nearly has everything you want, all enclosed in one space.
Fresh produce, food, jewelry, a bounce house for the kids and the freedom to walk through the streets without worrying about a vehicle running into you — where could this place possibly...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 2:03 PM
There are quite a number of Korean restaurants in the Irvine area and new ones seem to be opening every week.
This is a cuisine with which we are less familiar and so we asked a Korean friend for a recommendation. She suggested Korea House, and off we...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 11:54 AM
Newport's premiere food and entertainment festival, the Taste of Newport, celebrates 24 years at Fashion Island from Friday through Sunday.
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the three-day party, where they will sample culinary delights...